Maniac Favorite Spices, Herbs & Teas

There are several terrific on-line providers of high quality Organic and fair trade herbs, spices, teas and essential oils. An Organic Maniac favorite is Mountain Rose Herbs due to their extensive selection of certified Organic, fair trade, ethically wild harvested & Kosher certified botanical products.   MANIAC FAVORITES   Green Sencha Leaf Tee from Japan buy here Certified Organic and from [...]

Dirty Dozen (Clean 15)

Another reason to buy Organic. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) issues an annual ranking of pesticide-ridden produce. This is based on analyzing pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration for 48 produce items. The top 12 offenders comprise the Dirty Dozen list and the cleanest make up the Clean 15. [...]

How to Select Green Tea

Science and logic tell us that certain teas are healthier than others. Science tells us that Green and White tea have the highest levels of catechin antioxidants (in a freshly picked tea leaf, catechins can compose up to 30% of the dry weight). And logic tells us that tea from cleaner environments will have lower [...]

Homemade Poultry Seasoning

I was off to the market to buy Organic poultry seasoning and decided to first have a look on-line for a homemade recipe. As I mention probably too often throughout this site, I'm not a fan of salt. Many pre-mixed seasonings are heavily salted. The below recipe is a combination of a few recipes found [...]

Easy Coconut Whipped Cream

ORGANIC INGREDIENTS 1 can full fat coconut milk (will use cream only) 1 T pure maple syrup 1/2 t vanilla extract DIRECTIONS Chill can of coconut milk for at least 6 hours or overnight. Do not to shake as you want only the cream that floats to the top. Scoop cream into a chilled mason jar. [...]

Dairy Free Peppermint Hot Chocolate

ORGANIC INGREDIENTS 2 c unsweetened coconut milk, soy milk or almond milk 2 peppermint tea bags 2-3 T non dairy cocoa powder (high quality >70% dark chocolate) Raw agave for sweetness Easy Coconut Whipped Cream (go to recipe) Crushed peppermint candies DIRECTIONS Over medium heat, bring to a simmer coconut milk, cocoa powder, peppermint tea [...]

Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

ORGANIC INGREDIENTS 5 pounds red or purple potatoes, cut into 2" cubes 8 oz Neufchatel cheese (lower in fat than cream cheese) 1 c greek yogurt (alternative to sour cream) 1/2 c milk (or until desired consistency) 2 t minced onion or onion salt ground black pepper to taste paprika chives DIRECTIONS Coat a bpa-free crockpot dish with [...]

Cheesy Cauliflower Polenta

ORGANIC INGREDIENTS 1 cauliflower, cut into small florets 2 c fine cornmeal / polenta 2 onions, diced (1 1/2 cups) 4 garlic cloves, minced 4-1/2 c low sodium chicken broth 1 c parmigiano-reggiano 1 t sage 1/2 t pepper 1-2 t salt DIRECTIONS Sautee onion and garlic  in 1 T chicken broth until almost clear. [...]

Make Ahead Cranberry Sauce

ORGANIC INGREDIENTS 12 oz fresh cranberries 1 c agave nectar 1 T lemon juice 2 T water   DIRECTIONS Add cranberries, agave nectar, lemon juice and water to a sauce pan and cook uncovered over low heat. Stir occasionally, until the cranberries are soft, about 10 minutes. Increase the heat to medium and cook another [...]

Turkey Giblet Gravy

ORGANIC INGREDIENTS turkey giblets, neck, gizzard and liver salt and pepper 1 t sage 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 2-4 T gluten-free flour seasoned with salt and pepper water or turkey stock DIRECTIONS Boil giblets, salt, pepper, sage, celery and onion in water. Simmer 2-3 hours. When meat starts to fall away from the neck bones, [...]